A new line of attractive public trash bins, with more security from animals, is debuting in Kissimmee today.
The bins are built into 11-foot-deep pits in the ground, the product of businessman Jay Wheeler’s new company, Kissimmee-based Underground Refuse Systems.
The containers will keep trash in Kissimmee’s public areas “out of view and clean for years to come,” said Wheeler in a news release. The city is rolling out 17 of the underground bins.
The bins are hoisted up by a crane and dumped into a truck, then lowered back into their concrete cellar. The portion of the trash bin above ground has a modern rounded look with a trash door.
The company says the new trash system will reduce human and unforeseen errors, improve safety for truck operators, reduce maintenance costs and help reduce unwanted animal disruption.
Trash bins in Central Florida, and other regions, have often caused problems with bears trying to get into them.
The containers also come with a card-activated door to control access in situations where illegal use of trash bins has been a problem.
State records show the company, 111 E. Monument Ave., also include business partner Ronald Howse and Wheeler’s wife Laura Wheeler.